At UFC Fight Night 30, it appeared as though Melvin Guillard had made quick work of Ross Pearson in a hasty first round knockout. However, when the replays were shown, that didn’t seem to be the case.
At first glance, it seemed as though Guillard had knocked Pearson out with two knees to the head, but the replay showed that one of those knees landed when Pearson’s hand was on the floor, thus making the strike illegal under current UFC rules. In Guillard’s defense, he threw the knee before Pearson’s hand touched the mat, so he isn’t entirely to blame for the illegal strike.
The fight was declared a no contest and a rematch was immediately set at the post fight press conference.
It appears that the two lightweights will fight each other yet again on March 8 in London. Let’s just hope we get a decisive victor this time.